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Air Design Rise 2 certified EN B

Air Design Rise 2 certified EN B

Air Design have released their later high-end EN B glider, the Rise 2. Sizes XS, S, M and L have all now been certified. Air Design say the Rise 2… …is the ideal glider for pilots who have already gained some experience and are looking for a glider with more performance and agility. It is […]





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Nova release the Ion 3 Light, EN B

Nova release the Ion 3 Light, EN B

Nova have released a light version of their EN B wing the Ion 3 The wing is 1.5kg lighter than the Ion 3. Nova say: “The Ion 3 Light is a fully-fledged Ion 3 with excellent performance, uncomplicated to fly, with a great deal of passive safety – but it is nearly one and a half kilograms lighter. […]





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Records fall on UK’s Super Sunday

Records fall on UK’s Super Sunday

Two pilots smashed the UK open distance paragliding record on Sunday 3 August 2014, with record flights that took them past the 250km mark and across England to the coast. Former GB Champion Mark Watts flew a record-breaking 275.5km to grab the open distance record, while sports class pilot Al Wilson flew just shy of […]





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Guy Anderson: ‘Why I love flying paragliding comps’

Guy Anderson: ‘Why I love flying paragliding comps’

From ‘Epic fail in Colombia’ to ‘Epic 200k in the USA’ the paragliding comp scene has seen some big moments in 2014 so far. Not all of them have been pretty, but for many pilots taking part the politics and wrangling over wings has simply been an unwanted distraction from what’s really important: flying fast in […]





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European Paragliding Championships 2014: 3-16 August

European Paragliding Championships 2014: 3-16 August

What the drone sees … a view of the main take off in Kopaonik during the Paragliding World Cup in 2013. Video: Nobojsa Rosic The European Paragliding Championships kicks off in Serbia on Sunday 3 August for two weeks of high-level competition. The comp is being held in Kopaonik from 3-16 August 2014 and will […]





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Cross Country Sup’Air Sora contest winners

Cross Country Sup’Air Sora contest winners

Gaëtan Heudeleine and Victor Sebe in full swing… Cross Country magazine prize winners Lex Hagenbeek and Gaëtan Heudeleine had an “excellent” day on Thursday 17 July when they hooked up with the Sup’Air tandem team to go flying with the new Sup’Air Sora. Lex was the lucky winner pulled out of the hat following a […]





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Bill Moyes wins FAI Gold Air Medal

Bill Moyes wins FAI Gold Air Medal

Bill Moyes has been awarded one of the most prestigious awards in air sports – the FAI Gold Air Medal. The award was announced on 17 July 2014, and will be presented at a forthcoming FAI conference in Thailand. The FAI is the World Air Sports Federation. According to the FAI website the award is one […]





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Pascal Purin joins Nova

Pascal Purin joins Nova

Nova have announced that 25-year-old Pascal Purin has joined their development and test team, alongside head of design Philipp Medicus. They say: The young, 25 year old from Vorarlberg (Austria) is already well known in the competition and test pilot scene. Many will also know him as a talented saxophonist and he has been heard […]





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Icaro sports sunglasses

Icaro sports sunglasses

Icaro’s new sports glasses will shield your eyes from the sun’s glare and the rush of the wind, “making watering eyes a thing of the past”. They have Icaro’s Edelweiss motif on the arm, and are suitable for a wide range of sports.  www.icaro-paragliders.com • Got news? Send it to us at news@paramotormag.com Home





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Ken Hutt paraglides Cho Oyu for End Polio Now campaign

Ken Hutt paraglides Cho Oyu for End Polio Now campaign

In May Ken Hutt climbed and flew from the flanks of 8,000m Himalayan giant Cho Oyu, the sixth highest mountain in the world. This is his description of the climb and flight It was 6am on 23 May; the sun had risen over the summit. The wind was almost calm. This was the weather window […]





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Annecy Mondial 2014: Video roundup

Annecy Mondial 2014: Video roundup

Annecy Mondial 2014, the multi-class hang gliding world championships held in France from 22 June to 5 July, saw some of the world’s best hang glider pilots flying in a perfect arena. Antoine Boisselier and Christophe Tong Viet were on hand to capture the action and the atmosphere of the competition, focusing on each class […]





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Follow your Instinct: Icaro’s Instinct TE, EN B

Follow your Instinct: Icaro’s Instinct TE, EN B

The EN B class is crowded with wings, and it takes something remarkable to mark one out. In the latest issue of Cross Country magazine Marcus King takes Icaro’s Instinct TE out into the summer thermals of southern France. And as he explains, one of the things that makes this wing different from its brothers […]





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Video: Advance’s new Sigma 9, Meet the team

Video: Advance’s new Sigma 9, Meet the team

Advance’s new Sigma 9 was released at the start of the Alpine summer, and Cross Country was there to greet the arrival of this new kid on the block. We headed to Thun in Switzerland and the Advance HQ to get an up close and personal introduction with the latest Sports class glider from the […]





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Record 200km task makes US PG Nationals a classic

Record 200km task makes US PG Nationals a classic

Nick Greece won a historic US Paragliding Open on Saturday 12 July after a classic competition that saw the longest ever successful task set in a paragliding event. Nick squeaked ahead of second-placed Josh Cohn to win the comp by a margin of only 37 points – 6,656 ahead of Josh’s 6,619. Eric Reed was […]





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Luc Armant’s 463km American record not ratified by FAI

Luc Armant’s 463km American record not ratified by FAI

Luc Armant’s 463km record flight in Texas on 2 July 2014 will not stand as a North American continental record according to the FAI. Christine Rousson, competitions manager with the FAI, said the claim for the open distance continental record – the longest ever paraglider flight in North America – could not be upheld because the […]





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X-Pyr 2014: Coast to coast along the Pyrenees

X-Pyr 2014: Coast to coast along the Pyrenees

X-Pyr 2014 kicked off at 11am local time on Sunday 13 July. The race will see 25 teams race from west to east across the Pyrenees in a style similar to the Red Bull X-Alps. Pilots can move 17 hours a day by foot or by flying, and must always carry their glider, harness, parachute, […]





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Stitch up: the new Exoceat competition harness from Ozone

Stitch up: the new Exoceat competition harness from Ozone

Ozone’s new Exoceat harness has been released. The harness is for serious XC and competition pilots and is a heavyweight package – it weighs in at 10kg and includes a twin “never seen before” ‘bomb bay’ reserve deployment system. Ozone’s Fred Pieri explains how to stitch up your Exoceat the right way. • Got news? Send […]





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Stefan Bernhard wins Ozone Chabre Open 2014

Stefan Bernhard wins Ozone Chabre Open 2014

Stefan Bernhard (DE) won the Ozone Chabre Open 2014, which was held in Laragne, France from 28 June to 4 July. He won all three tasks, beating UK pilot Pete Chalmers into second place. Mark Graham (GB) was third. In the Women’s class Switzerland’s Catherine Bartholdi came first flying an Ozone Alpina 2. Anna Hadders […]





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Icaro Maverick 3: EN C paraglider

Icaro Maverick 3: EN C paraglider

New from Icaro, is the EN C Maverick 3. Designed using new software it has a whole new profile, line geometry and tension compared to the Maverick 2. The three-liner Maverick 3 now sports trailing edge and nose rods and a lighter construction, because “a lighter glider is also a more agile glider”. The team […]





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Luc Armant flies 463km in Texas

Luc Armant flies 463km in Texas

Luc Armant flew 463km in Texas last week, on 2 July 2014 – the second longest paraglider flight ever flown. He was flying as part of an Ozone Team record encampment. Towing out of Hebronville in the south of the state the pilots had hoped to break the open distance world record of 502km. Poor weather […]





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